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Mishcon lawyers threatened over anti-Brexit case
22 July 2016
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A rabble of Brexiters have picketed the offices of Mishcon de Reya for mounting a legal case against invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, while others have been accused of directing antisemitic abuse at the firm.

Mishcon commenced the action in the High Court this week on behalf of private parties including the lead challenger Gina Miller, an investment manager. The firm argues that constitutional law dictates that Parliament not the Prime Minister must decide on whether Article 50 should be triggered. This would mean the vote would have to be put to MPs who could decide to go against the referendum result and opt for the UK to remain in the EU, thereby saving the country from spiralling into the nine circles of hell * 

However, this hasn't gone down well with some staunch Little Englanders Brexiters. A throng armed with placards, and possibly pitch-forks, has staged a protest outside Mischon's London office waving banners declaring "Defend Democracy" and "Invoke Article 50 now". Lord Pannick QC, who has been instructed by Mischon in the legal challenge, said that the firm has also been subjected to  "racist abuse" and "antisemitic abuse"

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Sir Brian Leveson, one of two judges sitting in the directions hearing, said the threats were “an extremely serious matter”, adding that “Apart from the commission of a criminal offence, there’s a real risk that behaviour of this type is a contempt of court”.

Mishcon's aren't the first staff to have to nip through protesters to get to Starbucks, with lawyers at Clifford Chance and White & Case facing critics on the pavement. But they only had to deal with polite cleaners, not a mob seemingly stocked with swivel-eyed blackshirts.

A spokeswoman for Mishcon declined to comment.

* Or vote to leave, and uphold the will of the people, democracy, Brexit means Brexit etc.

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3-ducks
22/07/2016 07:42
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Since when did Roll On Friday become a mouthpiece for the European Union? Incredible to think that once upon a time the news in this place was known for being *anti* Establishment.

How does a peaceful demand for Article 50 to be invoked equate to "antisemitic abuse" by "swivel-eyed blackshirts"? And as for "spiraling in to the nine circles of hell"...!

Really? Who writes this stuff? And how does such inflammatory language add to intelligent discourse?

anonymous user
22/07/2016 08:58
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Pipe down 3-ducks and read the article again
anonymous user
22/07/2016 09:06
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Since when was RoF intended to be the home of intelligent discourse?
anonymous user
22/07/2016 09:56
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Not surprised that one of the rollonfriday message board regulars is up in arms at an article which is critical of anti-semitic abuse.
anonymous user
22/07/2016 11:50
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I've no doubt Lord Pannick would not make the serious allegation of anti-semitic abuse if it were not well-founded, but it does not appear that the abusers are said to be linked to the protestors outside Mishcon's offices. It seems to me therefore highly objectionable to describe people who on the face of it are conducting a peaceful protest against a controversial lawsuit as, "a mob seemingly stocked with swivel-eyed blackshirts". If one were to impugn, for example, a moderate Muslim protest as being, "stocked with ISIS fanatics" because some people who kept common cause with the protest indicated extremist views that would, rightly, be considered unacceptable.
anonymous user
22/07/2016 15:08
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"Lord Pannick QC, who has been instructed by Mischon in the legal challenge, said that the firm has ALSO been subjected to "racist abuse" and "antisemitic abuse"." (Emphasis added). The protesters outside are not the perpetrators of the abuse. Does no-one read carefully any more?
anonymous user
22/07/2016 16:43
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Lord Pannick is an unfortunately punny name. Isn't that a Marvel character?
anonymous user
22/07/2016 16:55
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That's exactly the point isn't it? The article says that the people perpetrating the anti-semitic abuse are not the same people as the protestors, and yet the protestors are still described as, "swivel-eyed blackshirts". Why, if none of their number perpetrated the anti-semitic abuse, are they called, "swivel-eyed blackshirts"?
anonymous user
22/07/2016 17:02
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Ooh the Brexiter readers of RoF don't like their swivelled-eyes ways being pointed out.

Second rate people.
anonymous user
22/07/2016 17:25
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Apparently anyone who invites caution about complacent comparisons between Euro-sceptics and the paramilitary wing of the National Fascist Party is "second rate".
Lydia
22/07/2016 21:12
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The article isn't anti-brexit - in fact it jokes that if we leave the EU we will reach hell . Nor does it muddle the peaceful lawful and welcome protest outside Mishcon with any on line anti Jewish sentiment.
anonymous user
12/08/2016 23:55
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Brexit has caused class war. I now detest obese stupid people with tattoos who read the Sun - turns out they're working class and that makes me a snob. I don't get it. Why did Toad give the weasels matches to burn down Toad Hall?